Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Jasmine Faul 2017/18

Jasmine Faul 2017/18

The AUJS Academy Onward program was one of the best experiences of my life! Going on Academy Onward taught me many things about myself and my Jewish identity.

I got to learn what is it like for the people living there now as well as in the past. I was able to hear about where my grandparents came from and learn about my family history.

After going to Israel, I now have a lot more Jewish friends and a sense of belonging. I can talk about being Jewish and about the holidays – and everyone around me understands. It is amazing to be able to now go out to parties and events and know that everyone there is Jewish. It makes me feel proud and lucky.

This trip impacted me as it has changed the way I look at myself. I went on the trip fearing what was going to happen, not knowing a lot of people, being shy and being away from home for so long. That has all changed now. I have an amazing group of friends that have come from the trip. I am now more outgoing and confident, and I now push myself to go and explore new things as going to Israel on Academy Onward has made me realise that I can do it.

Thank you to the JCA Millie Phillips Jewish Education Fund for giving me the opportunity to take part in this amazing experience.